Genetics and the Law II

  • Aubrey Milunsky
  • George J. Annas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Government Control of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bernard D. Davis
      Pages 3-8
    3. DeWitt Stetten Jr.
      Pages 9-17
    4. Daniel Callahan
      Pages 19-27
    5. Seymour Lederberg
      Pages 41-50
    6. Stanley Joel Reiser
      Pages 51-57
  3. Genetic Counseling and Screening

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Aubrey Milunsky
      Pages 61-68
    3. Joseph M. Healey Jr.
      Pages 69-79
    4. Alexander Morgan Capron
      Pages 81-96
    5. Jay Katz
      Pages 121-130
    6. Joseph F. Fletcher
      Pages 131-137
  4. Ethics, Eugenics, Law, and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Charles H. Baron
      Pages 141-152
    3. Arnold S. Relman
      Pages 153-157
    4. Robert A. Burt
      Pages 159-179
    5. Robert M. Veatch
      Pages 181-186

About this book


The law is a mandate and a mirror; it both commands and reflects. It should not come as a shock that scientists and physicians often prefer the mirror at times when society seems to be demanding a mandate. This may be especially true in the rapidly advancing field of medical genetics, where recent discoveries leading to potentially startling applications have raised old questions of law in a new light. Nevertheless, we believe that in general the conflict between the law and science, as illustrated in the field of genetics, is embroi­ dered with exaggeration. The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Warren Burger, has noted that "the prime function of the law is to protect basic human values--individual human values--sometimes even at the expense of scientific progress"; and that "it is not the function of the law to keep pace with science." While both of these statements are true as far as they go, we believe the law must make an affirmative effort to anticipate scientific developments so that those beneficial to society can be nurtured rather than stultified. It was to nurture cooperation and understanding that we brought together a distinguished faculty of internationally known experts on law and genetics to discuss their fields in 1975.


Chromosom chromosome environment ethics genetic research genetics sex society

Editors and affiliations

  • Aubrey Milunsky
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • George J. Annas
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Eunice Kennedy Shriver CenterWalthalmUSA
  4. 4.School of LawBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  5. 5.School of MedicineBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  6. 6.School of Public HealthBoston UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-3080-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-3078-3
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